Category Archives: Just for fun

Quote Creators

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I love finding inspiring quotes in the books I’m reading! In fact, my students have a whole section of their reading notebooks devoted to quote collecting. It’s impactful work because it encourages:

  • “reading like a writer.” Being aware of how words are composed influences and excites us as writers. I want my writing to have the same kind of impact!
  • vocabulary acquisition. Often, my favorite quotes have some unusual, inspiring word choice. The conversations we’ve had in class while dissecting the nuanced meaning of words in quotes have been some of my most powerful teaching moments.
  • reading an author’s body of work. I know that Sharon Creech will always have some stimulating nuggets. She has such a gift with words!

Three FREE websites I’ve found and used to turn quotes from students’ readings into something you’d find on Etsy are Recite.comQuotescover.com, and Quozio.com. You can choose different styles, colors, and fonts! Have fun playing around, and happy reading!

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Bloomsbury’s Harry Potter

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It’s hard to believe that EIGHT publishers turned down J.K. Rowling’s draft of the first book in the series. If it wasn’t for Bloomsbury Publishing we might not be the Potterheads we are! I was exploring the Bloomsbury website, trying to find out when the illustrated editions of the series are going to be released (October 6, 2015 for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone–pre-order your copy today!), and I found some fun links! We’ve already been sorted into our houses, but we don’t have Harry Potter names yet. Go to the Harry Potter Name Generator to find out what you’d be called at Hogwarts! I’m Violet Vector. Feel free to comment on this post with your new name (get permission first!). Check out the other fun stuff on Bloomsbury’s Harry Potter site if you’re interested!

Happy reading!